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Five-minute breakfasts 'Grab and go' breakfast bar


Written By admin on Saturday, July 2, 2016 | 6:29 PM

Makes: six bars
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Calories per portion (one bar): 300kcal (1,255kJ)


150g of jumbo oats
2 medium, very ripe bananas 
60g of melted butter
60g of cherries
60g of cranberries
40g of sunflower seeds 
40g of pumpkin seeds
Sometimes mornings can be a bit of a rush. Make a batch of these granola bars, with no added sugar, in advance for a healthy breakfast on the go.
Preheat the oven to 200C (fan 180C, gas mark 6). Mix the oats, cherries, cranberries and seeds together in a bowl. Pour in the melted butter and mix in thoroughly to make sure the oats are well coated.
On a separate plate, mash the bananas into a pulp with a fork, add to the oat mixture, and mix well. Spread the mixture into a 30x20cm tin and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Once cooked, transfer to a wire rack to cool, then cut into six bars.


  • Press the mixture into the baking tin well to help the binding process, but not too hard or it may affect the flavour.
  • If your first batch is more crumbly than you'd like, try increasing the amount of mashed banana to moisten the mixture before baking.

Or you could try

  • banana bagel sandwich – mash a ripe banana and serve it between two halves of a toasted (preferably wholemeal) bagel. Mashing instead of slicing the banana gives the filling a creamier texture, meaning you won't need low-fat spread.
  • quick porridge – making porridge is easier than you think: combine 50g of rolled or instant oats with 200ml (or more for runny porridge) of semi-skimmed milk in a bowl and microwave on full power for two minutes. Top with dried fruit or nuts.
  • one-minute omelette – combine one beaten egg, a few spinach leaves and some chopped lean roast ham in a bowl. Microwave on full power for a minute or until the egg is set.  

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